Following the storming success of the inaugural Barcode Festival in June, GroceryAid are delighted to announce that this fantastic summer fundraiser for the grocery industry will return on Thursday 4th July 2019.

In its launch year the festival raised £250k with 1,600 grocery colleagues enjoying 10 hours of music, food, drink and demos.  With the guest list including a much younger crowd than the charity is used to hosting and 54% female attendance, Barcode was an inclusive, ground breaking event for our industry. The festival combined delicious street food, 15 bars by various BWS brands, activations from over 40 sponsors and superb headline acts Kaiser Chiefs, Sigma and Greg James. 

Steve Barnes, Chief Executive at GroceryAid said; “There is still a real buzz around the industry in the aftermath of Barcode Festival and we’re incredibly excited to confirm its return in 2019. Barcode is truly an event for everyone, as shown in the fact we had 100 different supporting companies present and such a diverse range of colleagues joining us. We’ve already started planning how we can make Barcode even bigger for next year and ultimately raise more funds for colleagues in need.” 

Hawker House in London will remain Barcode Festival’s home for year two and with a capacity at just 1,800, businesses are being encouraged to register their interest early before tickets and sponsorships sell-out! 

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For sponsorship and ticket opportunities email or call 01252 875925. 

Great Vibes. Great People. Great Cause.

GroceryAid, the trading name of the National Grocers’ Benevolent Fund, is the charity for the grocery industry ( From the largest factory, to the supply chain, and through to the smallest of stores GroceryAid helps grocery people all over the UK who have worked, or are working, and who need some extra support to get by. GroceryAid raises money through fundraising events, donations and corporate sponsorship.

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